Waipoua Forest - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama taken from the bridge over Waipoua River on State Highway 1 in the Waipoua Forest.
Waipoua Forest - FURTHER INFORMATION
Waipoua Forest - The Hokianga visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Waipoua Forest' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Northland.
The Waipoua Forest is one of the few remaining native kauri forests in Northland of New Zealand. Much of the native forest has been destroyed by logging for kauri timber or clearing for farmland. What remains is now protected and conserved. Kauri timber played a pivital role in the settlement of Northland by Europeans. Settlements like Rawene and Kohukohu on Hokianga grew up around the kauri timber industry.
Within Waipoua Forest are some important kauri trees. Here you can walk the 5 minute Tane Mahuta to Tane Mahuta ('Lord of the Forest'), which, at 4.4m wide and over 51m high, is New Zealand's largest known living kauri tree. Waipoua Forest is also home to the oldest kauri tree in New Zealand, the Te Matua Ngahere (Father of the Forest), which is over 2000 years old. Both these trees were found by Nicholas Yakas in 1928 during the construction of State Highway 12. The Kauri Rickers Walk takes you through young kauri trees (called Rickers) growing beside the Waipoua River.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Waipuoa Forest is on State Highway 12. The southern border of the forest is at Kaitui, about 48km north of Dargaville and Mangawhare.